A Workout Plan For Your Money: Nine Ways To Cut Down Gym Membership Costs This Year

January 25, 2013  |  
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There’s no bigger symbol of the new year than packed gyms across the nation. But getting fit can cost a pretty penny. Between gym memberships, gear equipment, and trainers, you start to question whether it’s worth it.

Take the edge off and save a little bit of pocket change by noting some tips on how to cut down on those fitness costs this year.

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Find a cheaper gym or a local health club instead of an expensive national chain

One of the most obvious ways to cut costs is to seek out a cheaper gym. Many nationwide gyms offer more expensive services because of their well-known brand, new equipment, plethora of locations, and a clientele willing to pay. A great way to cut costs is to do your research and search for a gym that still is tailored to what you need, but smaller scale, for example, a local or specialty gym, an all-women’s gym, like Lucille Roberts, or Planet Fitness.

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Join your company’s gym

Your company might offer a cheaper or even complimentary gym membership right in your own office building. Check with human resources to see what options your company’s gym offers to its employees, from a lower cost on using the gym to special fitness classes after work. This will save you money when it comes to your membership, and time, when it comes to traveling to get to the gym after work.

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Bargain on seasonal promotions

Many gyms, especially national chains, have seasonal and holiday promotions that can run for an entire month. Take advantage of these promotions while shopping around for a better gym deal and try out a new gym two weeks for free to decide.

Also, bargain your way into a better gym membership price by sitting down with the trainer or supervisor and going over what you are specifically looking for in a gym.

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Cut out personal training sessions and exercise classes you don’t need

Many gym membership services also include personal training sessions, that could up the ante on what you pay. Read the fine print and see where your money is going, whether it’s exercise classes at your gym you don’t take advantage of or personal training sessions that are not beneficial or necessary.

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Join a solo exercise class instead of using a full-service gym

If you are a fan of spin, cardio kickboxing, or yoga classes, try investing your money in solo exercises classes instead of spending money on a whole gym membership. Focus your fitness on the routines that interest you and find a local class that tailors to that.

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Invest in at-home equipment, workout videos, and technology

Working out at home could be one person’s downfall, but another’s key to success. With work, school, and children occupying most of the free time you have, you might not have the time to make it to the gym. Invest your money once into simple at-home gym equipment and workout videos, like the popular P90X, to get yourself in shape. Apple’s iPhone and Nintendo’s Wii offer plenty of workout regimens and games that are tailored to your speed and comfort level, and the family could join in every night too!

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Take up a new hobby

Who says you need to be in a gym or a studio to get in shape? If you like playing a sport, running, biking, or anything else where heading out on your own, with a pal, or on a team, this is a fun way to reach your fitness goals.

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Change your gym membership plan to accommodate your finances

Make sure to read the fine print of your gym membership plan to make sure you can bargain on your plan. Another great way to cut down the cost is to switch to a month-to-month membership, which gives you the flexibility to leave. Also, a monthly plan ensures that your money is being used as you are going to the gym.

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Couple your workouts with good eating habits

With New Year resolution plans in full swing (especially at the gym), make sure you are reaping the rewards of your exercise regimen by eating healthier. Changing your eating habits will reap workout results sooner. Make sure yo’re getting your money’s worth!

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  • Keisha Samoht

    I just dance like a fool to music as i wash dishes and cook breakfast for my Granddad. Oh and EVERY time i hear locked out of heaven by Bruno Mars, i have to do variuous exercises throughout the entire song. Been doing that for about a week… lost 7 pounds….

  • chanela

    hell, a great way to save money on gym membership is to cancel it and check out tiffany rothe on youtube. her workouts are the TRUTH! all you really need is at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. her youtube videos are so much fun that 30 minutes seem like nothing! i highly recommend her videos!

  • chanela

    hell, a great way to save money on gym membership is to cancel it and check out tiffany rothe on youtube. her workouts are the TRUTH! all you really need is at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. her youtube videos are so much fun that 30 minutes seem like nothing! i highly recommend her videos!

  • SheBe

    Pure Barre is a great class if you can find one locally. Don’t let the ballerina barre fool ya! That’s a workout!